Grammar Tip: Don’t & Doesn’t. They Don’t Mix

Doesn’t is a contraction of does not and should be used only with a singular subject. Don’t is a contraction of do not and should be used only with a plural subject. The exception to this rule appears in the case of the first person and second person pronouns I and you. With these pronouns, the contraction don’t should be used. He doesn’t like it. They don’t like it.


Grammar Tip: Will I Get Passed or Past Over for Promotion?

passed, past
passed = the past tense of the verb ‘to pass’. The basketball player passed the ball to the forward.
past = belonging to a former time or beyond a time or place. Grandpa is always talking about the past. The restaurant is just past the next block.

Grammar Tip: Do You Feel Good? Or, Do You Feel Well?

Good or Well?

Good is an adjective, so you do not do good or live good, but you do well and live well.

Remember, though, that an adjective follows sense-verbs and be-verbs, so you also feel goodlook goodsmell goodare goodhave been good, etc. So:”My mother looks good.” This does not mean that she has good eyesight; it means that she appears healthy.”I feel really good today.”

Again, this does not mean that I touch things successfully. It means rather that I am happy or healthy.

N.B. Many people confuse this distinction in conversation, and that’s okay. You will hear people say, “I feel well” when they mean that they feel good.

However, if you’re talking about action verbs, you would say “well.” “I did well on my exam.” “She plays tennis well.”


Grammar Tip: Do You Feel Bad or Badly?

Do I Feel Bad About Feeling Badly? 😕

  • Bad or Badly ?When you want to describe how you feel, you should use an adjective. You might say, “I feel bad.” Saying “I feel badly” would be like saying you play football badly. “I feel badly” would mean that you are unable to feel, as though your hands were numb. Here are some other examples:
    • “The dog smells badly.” Here, badly means that the dog does not do a good job of smelling.
    • “The dog smells bad.” Here, “bad” means that dog needs a bath.
    • N.B. Sometimes people say, “I feel badly,” when they feel that they have done something wrong. Let’s say you dropped your friend’s favorite dish, and it broke into a million pieces. You might say, “I feel really badly about what happened.”